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Koeman says Barcelona lacked focus and concentration against Valencia

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The coach offered his thoughts after the match

FC Barcelona v Levante UD - La Liga Santander Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman felt his Barcelona side lacked focus and concentration in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Valencia at the Camp Nou.

Goals from Lionel Messi and Ronald Araujo put Barca 2-1 up after they had gone behind yet again to a header from Mouctar Diakhaby.

However, Maxi Gomez grabbed an equalizer for Los Che to secure a point for Javi Gracia’s men.

Koeman spoke after the match and admitted it had been a tough game for his team.

“It was a difficult game, we turned it around but then we needed to show more concentration,” he said.

“We had some chances but we were not focused enough in key moments. We went out to win the game in the second half but we did not create as much as we wanted to.

“We gave an inconsistent performance. We attacked when we were 2-1 up but we also need to remember to defend. We lost the ball in dangerous areas.”

The Barca boss also insisted his team have not given up hope of winning the title yet despite slipping eight points behind Atletico Madrid who also have a game in hand.

“We still haven’t said farewell to the title, there’s still a lot of points to play for. It’s a very difficult season but in two months everything could be different. We have to fight to get these points back.”

Source | Reuters

Barca have two more games in La Liga before they say goodbye to 2020. The Catalan giants head to Real Valladolid on Tuesday and then host Elche a week later.